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Fleet Services Management Summit – Stands sold out!

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This autumn’s Fleet Services Management Summit is sold out!

We are now creating itineraries for our event partners, matching them with the senior fleet management professionals who are attending to source new suppliers.

If a stand becomes available, we can reserve you a place.

Simply register your interest here.

Alternatively, the 2020 summer Fleet Services Management Summit will be taking place on June 8th & 9th at Heythrop Park, Oxfordshire.

There we will have another 60 senior fleet management professionals who are looking for new solutions.

Register today as either a supplier or a delegate!

Looking for new supply chain solutions? Start right here…

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Sourcing new suppliers, solutions and innovations is time-consuming and, frankly, dull. Hours of Googling, arranging meetings and travel… but there is another way.

The Total Supply Chain Summit is the answer.

4 & 5 November – The Midland Hotel, Manchester

This two-day event will give you the opportunity to meet with innovative and budget-saving suppliers, face-to-face, based on your own individual requirements.

No time wasted. And no hard sell.

It’s free for you to attend, plus lunch, refreshments and ‘after show’ drinks are included.

But you should register now to avoid disappointment as we have a limited number of free VIP places.

The suppliers attending will cover the full range of solutions you may require, and include:

  • BITO Storage Systems – Storage Solutions
  • Ceva Logistics – Supply Chain Management
  • Opentext – Enterprise Information Management
  • Honeywell – Voice Directed Work Solutions for Warehouses
  • Kite Packaging – Packaging Solutions
  • Hermes Parcelnet – Parcel Delivery
  • mda – Fulfillment
  • Peak-Ryzex – Enterprise Mobility Integrator
  • TimoCom – Augmented Logistics
  • Reply Logistics – Logistics Solutions
  • Peak ai – ai Supply Chain
  • VolteQ – Voice Directed Work Solutions
  • Sage – Accounting Solutions
  • Dtt Logistics – Supply Chain Solutions
  • Pallite – Pallets & Temporary Storage

This is two days of ‘speed dating’ for business, and you’ll also have the opportunity to attend inspirational seminar sessions and network with like-minded professionals throughout the event.

Places are limited, register today to find out more.

Funding for on-street EV charge points doubled

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The government is to fund an additional £2.5 million towards the installation of over 1,000 new EV chargepoints, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has confirmed.

The funding will support the on-street residential chargepoint scheme, launched in 2017, which helps people access charging infrastructure near their homes when they don’t have off-street parking.

It will go towards helping local authorities to install these chargepoints, which can be built into existing structures like lamp-posts. The scheme aims to encourage even more people to choose an electric vehicle by making it easier to charge their cars near home, following a 158% increase in battery electric vehicle sales compared to July last year.

The scheme has already seen 16 local authorities prepared to install 1,200 chargepoints this year. The Transport Secretary is now doubling funding for the scheme to meet demand and accelerate the take-up of electric vehicles as the UK moves towards net zero emissions by 2050 and further improve air quality.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “It’s fantastic that there are now more than 20,000 publicly accessible chargepoints and double the number of electric vehicle chargepoints than petrol stations, but we want to do much more.

“It’s vital that electric vehicle drivers feel confident about the availability of chargepoints near their homes, and that charging an electric car is seen as easy as plugging in a smartphone.

“That’s why we are now doubling the funding available for local authorities to continue building the infrastructure we need to super-charge the zero emission revolution – right across the country.”

The allocation of funding for on-street residential chargepoints is part of the £1.5 billion investment underpinned by the Road to Zero Strategy. The strategy consists of one of the most comprehensive packages of support for the transition to zero emission vehicles in the world, supporting the move towards a cleaner, greener, accessible and reliable UK transport network.

As part of this, the government is also investing £37 million into British engineering to develop electric chargepoint infrastructure that it says could rapidly expand the UK chargepoint network for people without off-street parking and put the UK on the map as the best place in the world to own an electric vehicle.

Innovations to receive investment include underground charging systems, solar powered charging forecourts and wireless charging projects.

Know your limits: A history of the UK’s speed restrictions

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For the year ending June 2018, 1,770 people had died on British roads, while 25,000 more were seriously injured. Many of these deaths and injuries have been linked to breaking speed limits or driving beyond the means of the weather conditions.

Speed limits, despite often frustrating, are there for a reason, whether it is to control the flow of the traffic, or to ensure the utmost safety. 

Initially introduced in 1861, the UK is awash with speed cameras, approximately 3,000, some of which are designed to implement fines that are 125 to 175 per cent of your weekly wage.

With the rise of black box insurance plans bringing a closer focus on what speeds you can travel, Ford Transit Custom dealers Lookers take a look at what speeds you’re legally allowed to travel and where, as well as speed restrictions on certain commercial vehicles…


With 160 deaths in the last 10 years, the M6 is said to be the deadliest motorway in the UK. The M49, which covers the Bristol and Gloucestershire area, on the other hand, was found to be the safest.

70mph is the general speed limit on a motorway in the UK. However, this does differ and drop to 60mph if you are towing a caravan or trailer, driving a bus/coach over 12 metres long, or driving a heavy goods vehicle of over 7.5 tonnes. 

Single and duel carriageways

On A roads, 43 per cent of all accidents occur, therefore it’s perhaps important to understand exactly what speed each vehicle can travel. Here, depending on your vehicle, the speed limit differs. For a normal-size car, motorbike or car-derived van, the cap is at 60mph on a single carriageway and 70mph on a dual carriageway. However, if your vehicle has a trailer attached, you must lower your speed by 10mph. 

If your motorhome or motorcaravan weighs less than 3.05 tonnes then you are able to go at the same speed as a trailer-less car, but if they are over 3.05 tonnes in weight, then the 50mph on a single carriageway and 60mph on a duel carriageway limits apply. These lower limits also apply for buses and coaches that are over 12 metres in length, and heavy goods vehicles. It is important to be aware that if a heavy goods vehicle weighs over 7.5 tonnes, the speed limits drop a further 10mph if you are in Scotland: 40mph on a single carriageway and 50mph on a dual carriageway.

Built-up areas

In areas with street lights, you mustn’t go above 30mph, and in many cases nowadays 20mph where stated. The 30mph limit was reintroduced over 80 years ago, but there are calls to lower it everywhere to try to protect us further. When it was introduced in 1934, although there was one-tenth the number of cars on the roads as there is today, the death tolls were four-fold. 

Temporary speed limits

When temporary speed limits are in place, there will be notices, either overhead or along the side of the road, to notify you of the amended limit. These are put in place to help the traffic flow continue, as well as ensure vehicle safety for you, other road users and indeed those working on the road. You must adhere to these signs!

Minimum speed limits

Although a particularly rare sight to come across, minimum speed limits do exist. Usually found inside tunnels, in which driving slowly could exist as a hazard, these limits are displayed on a round, blue sign.

Speed limiters

Vehicles carrying more than eight passengers and those which weigh more than 3.5 tonnes are often fitted with speed limiters. They work by the fuel supply being restricted to the engine once the vehicle reaches its maximum speed. This ensures that the mobile isn’t able to reach — or break —a speed limit. 

Mopeds are restricted to a maximum of 30mph, perhaps less. Meanwhile, buses, coaches and minibuses speed limiters are set at 62mph, HGVs – depending on class – are set to 56mph or 53mph. You can purchase speed limit stickers for your vehicle so that cars behind you are aware of your top speed. 

Although you may drive on a daily basis, as we have previously mentioned, temporary speed limits can be introduced, therefore keeping brushed up on the various speed limits is crucial, to avoid unnecessary penalties! 

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Total Supply Chain Summit – Confirm your place

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There’s a free VIP place reserved for you at the Total Supply Chain Summit. Can you join us?

4 & 5 November 2019 – The Midland Hotel, Manchester

This unique event is entirely FREE for you to attend – simply reserve your place here for the opportunity to:

  • Source new innovative and budget-saving suppliers
  • Learn from inspirational seminar sessions hosted by industry thought-leaders
  • Network with like-minded senior education professionals
  • Enjoy complimentary overnight accommodation, plus all meals and refreshments
  • Attend our networking dinner

RSVP now to avoid disappointment!

RNLI selects Nexus as sole rental supplier

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Nexus Vehicle Rental has been chosen as the sole vehicle rental supplier to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

Nexus will primarily provide the RNLI with cars and small vans for RNLI staff to attend essential fundraising events and to get frontline volunteers to the right locations to save lives at sea.

As the peak summer season is underway, additional vehicles are essential, particularly as last year RNLI crews and lifeguards came to the rescue of over 40,000 people and saved 329 lives.

The RNLI employs over 1,500 people and provides a vital 24-hour rescue service in the UK and Ireland. Crews have saved more than 142,000 lives since the charity was founded in 1824 and it is dedicated to help tackle drowning in communities.          

Nexus will offer the RNLI access to a supply chain of more than 550,000 vehicles, meaning it can quickly source the right vehicle for any need, in addition to specialist equipment required by RNLI crew. Nexus’ no turndown guarantee means it will deliver vehicles anytime and anywhere, enabling the RNLI fleet to be flexed quickly according to demand. 

Nexus will also provide cost-saving benefits through its rental booking and management system, IRIS, advising the RNLI of inefficiencies in the rental booking process that can save some up to 20% on their total rental spend. This system also makes it easy to report damages on delivery helping to cut vehicles repair costs.     

Nick Saunders, Senior Category Manager at RNLI said: “The coast is a popular destination during the summer months and the demand on our service increases dramatically. Working with Nexus provides us with quick access to the range of vehicles we need to deliver our lifesaving services around the coast of the UK and Ireland, assisting us in our overall aim of defeating drowning.

“It is vital that we are able transport our volunteers around the coast and as Nexus can also provide specialist vehicles and equipment, this means their jobs are made easier. Being able to scale our fleet, particularly during the summer season, aids our crew and support workers and ultimately assists in keeping communities safe.”

David Brennan, CEO at Nexus Vehicle Rental, said: “The RNLI is a crucial charity that relies on dedicated volunteers to provide life-saving support, water safety education and flood rescue services across the country. Of course, we are pleased to be able to support the charity by keeping it mobile.

“Our unrivalled network of vehicles across every asset category means we can support organisations with any mobility need, from individual lifeboat crews to large retail fleets and logistics hauliers. In working with the RNLI, we want to raise awareness of the incredible work it does and hope we can continue to provide it with a dedicated mobility service for years to come.” 

Fleet Services Management Summit: Created especially for you

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This autumn we are hosting the Fleet Services Management Summit – a unique event designed specifically for fleet management professionals like you.

11 & 12 November 2019 – Whittlebury Hall, Northamptonshire

Your personal two-day experience will be created based entirely on your own requirements and interests…

  • Receive a bespoke itinerary of 1-2-1 meetings with suppliers who match your business and upcoming projects
  • Choose to attend a range of insightful seminar sessions hosted by industry thought-leaders.

Meanwhile, we will provide all of our VIP guests with full hospitality, including overnight accommodation, all meals and refreshments, plus an invitation to our gala dinner with entertainment.

We have just 60 VIP places, so register today so that we can start creating your own personalised experience at the Summit.

Urban Transport Group makes priorities clear to new Chancellor

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The Urban Transport Group has welcomed the appointment of Sajid Javid as Chancellor of the Exchequer by setting out its priorities for urban transport in the Government’s forthcoming Spending Review.

In its submission to the Spending Review, which accompanies a letter to the Chancellor, the Urban Transport Group stresses the need:

  • to replace ad hoc short term competition funding with a stable capital and revenue funding stream for local transport, to bring it in line with the long term funding programmes for national transport infrastructure;
  • for a new and enhanced funding deal for buses to stem year-on-year decline in bus use and in recognition of the exceptional value for money that supporting bus services provides;
  • for conditions to be attached to any additional funding for health in order to achieve greater coordination of the policies of the NHS with the goals of urban transport authorities, such as reducing congestion, improving public health, reducing road accidents, improving air quality and cutting carbon emissions.

Stephen Edwards, Chair of the Urban Transport Group and Executive Director of South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive, said: “To deliver on their potential, city regions need efficient and effective local transport networks, as well as good connectivity with each other. There are also the pressing and complex challenges of meeting net zero targets for greenhouse gas emissions, improving air quality and harnessing the benefits of new technologies.

“To achieve these goals we need to put local transport funding on a proper long term footing. This will enable us to plan ahead and recruit and retain the right skills so that we can deliver improvements to urban transport networks in a rapid and cost effective way.”

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‘Terrible’ road conditions & congestion top fleet manager concerns

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Fleet and mobility managers want the Government to tackle terrible road conditions and congestion.

That’s according to research from Arval, which revealed that of nearly 4,000 fleet mangers polled, over half the respondents (54 per cent) said that they wanted to see better roads, with 47 per cent asking for a solution to congestion.

30 per cent of those polled supported incentivising companies to adopt newer fuel options such as electric and hydrogen and improving public transport (22 percent).
18 per cent of fleet and mobility managers also believe that Government should be doing more to reduce pollution caused by road transport.
The findings come from the 2019 edition of Arval Mobility Observatory, research which covers 3,930 fleets and asks a wide ranging set of questions about fleet and mobility trends.
Shaun Sadlier, Head of Arval Mobility Observatory in the UK, said: “The striking aspect about the areas highlighted by fleet and mobility managers is that they are all highly practical issues that affect the running of business transport on a day-to-day basis.
“The condition of roads and the problem of congestion are a concern because they affect the core efficiency of company transport. Businesses want journeys to be predictable and safe, and poor roads and large volumes of traffic have a negative effect on this aim.
“It is also striking the extent to which there is a desire to see Government make the adoption of EVs and hydrogen vehicles easier. There is clearly growing enthusiasm among businesses for these cars and vans, but also an awareness of the need to make their cost and the level of infrastructure support more appealing.
“Linked to the adoption of zero-emissions fuels is the belief that more should be being done to tackle road transport-based pollution. Our experience is that businesses are almost always supportive of Government moves to make improvements in this area.
“Finally, some people may think it surprising that fleet and mobility managers want to see better public transport but the strategic developments we are seeing in this area show that businesses see the future of travel as being one where cars and vans are used alongside a range of other options. Better trains, trams and buses should form a key part of this mix if possible.”

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Make sure you attend the Total Supply Chain Summit

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We have a free VIP place reserved for you at the Total Supply Chain Summit. Can you join 60 of your peers?

4 & 5 November 2019 – The Midland Hotel, Manchester

This unique event is entirely FREE for you to attend – simply reserve your place here for the opportunity to:-

  • Source new innovative and budget-saving suppliers
  • Learn from inspirational seminar sessions hosted by industry thought-leaders
  • Network with like-minded senior education professionals
  • Enjoy complimentary overnight accommodation, plus all meals and refreshments
  • Attend our networking dinner

RSVP now to avoid disappointment!